I recently read this quote:

El libro en inglés es como un centenar de páginas más corto.

Why is "un centenar" used here instead of "cien"? When should we use "centenar" vs. "cien"?

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That's the same difference English makes between twelve and a dozen. Here como un centenar means "approximately a hundred".

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    ...and many more examples of special words for quantities: Pair=par(2), couple=par(2), ten=decena(10), score=??(20), gross=gruesa(144), thousand=millar(1000) ... See gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/numbers/words/intro.htm
    – DGaleano
    Mar 13, 2016 at 14:45
  • score=veintena(20), ??=treintena(30)
    – Ra_
    Mar 31, 2016 at 14:02

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